For those who embrace both hiking and the holiday season, this is a must hike. We are offering one hiking option this year but it will finish with a magnificent holiday treat; the annual Pioneer Village Candlelight Walk!
For those who have never attended Pioneer Village, it boasts a collection of cabins dating to the 19th century and the cabins will be open during this event for your enjoyment. The stories behind some of these cabins are amazing including one that was a safe house on the Underground Railroad.
About the Pioneer Village Candlelight Walk as posted on their website www.caesarscreekpioneervillage.org: "Celebrating Christmas in the early 1800s is different than it is today. Come see how we prepare for the holidays at the village. Tour the Village by candlelight and enjoy the hearth heated cider and hot chocolate. Dress warm!"
This year we will meet at the Visitor Center at 11:00 AM and walk the @12 mile yellow blaze loop trail. This leaves a short drive to the Pioneer Village where the festivities begin at 4.
For those hiking, please know your capabilities and limitations as this is a difficult hike if it snows. This hike takes place during deer hunting season so wear bright colors that stand out. We do encourage you to pack a headlamp or flashlight in case it is cloudy and gets dark earlier than expected. We want everyone off the trails by 4 PM as the hunters return to the park at dusk plus to get to Pioneer Village as it opens. Also, pack water, snack food, proper winter gear and you may find poles useful particularly if the track is wet.
I would like to stress this is designed to be a fun hike and we had great reviews in past years. Our secondary goal is to make this a fundraiser for this deserving not-for-profit organization. The cost to attend the Christmas Walk is $5 per person with all money going to maintaining the village.